2022 Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt 2022

Just before Easter this year we held a wonderful Egg Hunt on the grounds of the church and also inside the sanctuary. Thirty or so children and parents enjoyed hunting for stuffed eggs, and enjoying prizes and refreshments after the Hunt. -Lucy Eldridge

Capital Campaign Update

Capital Campaign Committee members

As explained in previous issues of A Voice in the Wilderness, earlier this year the Capital Campaign Committee, in consultation with the Buildings & Grounds Committee and the Finance Committee, prioritized projects for completion in the Campaign. On April 28, 2022, we sent out pledge request letters, covering calendar years 2022 and 2023, to 91 members and friends of St. John’s. The letters stated that we needed to raise $42,500 to complete ongoing capital projects (mechanical and electrical upgrades and Sacristy renovation) and new capital projects, specifically the restoration of … Read more

Editor’s Note

In this Summer Of Change, there’s a lot happening at the Church and on the grounds and you’ll be able to see it soon, as described in this issue. Thanks to all who are working to enhance the inherent beauty of this beautiful and historic place! We’ve also changed the summer fundraiser to the Fall, so SAVE THE DATE for our Community Harvest Festival, September 17, 5:00-7:30pm. We’ll begin with music outside by Broadway Composer Jim Wann, Irish Traditional Musician Robbie Haldane, Jazz Guitarist and Clarinetist John Myers, and Upright … Read more

Word from the Senior Warden

Brian Boom headshot

Spring weather has arrived, finally, and the flush of new leaves and blossoming of flowers is accompanied on our church grounds with a flurry of activity to prepare for upcoming capital projects. Kudos to the Buildings & Grounds Committee for pushing these projects forward! The Chair of that committee, Marjorie Hoog, summarized for the May Vestry meeting the status of projects. I’ll briefly review some of those highlights here, and others are covered in the “Capital Campaign Update” in this issue of the newsletter, along with the just received news … Read more

2021 Winter Walk & Christmas Market

Elen Freeston’s legendary Scottish shortbread cookies, homemade soups, Christmas wreaths and much more, made the St John in the Wilderness annual Christmas Market a resounding success. A huge thanks to the Christmas Market coordinator, Lucy Eldridge, and the many parishioners who donated their talent and time to keep the market running smoothly. With all things at St John in the Wilderness, it takes a village!

2021-2022 Live-Stream Schedule for Sunday Service

We are happy to welcome everyone to our in-person Sunday services. However, if you are not comfortable about meeting indoors, if you are unvaccinated or if you simply can’t make it to our in-person service, we invite you to join us on a live-stream through Facebook when we have an in-person operator.  Our regular in-person iPad live stream operator is unavailable December 25 through April 10. If you are available to stream our Sunday 10am service, please contact Jay Corcoran at [email protected] Join us online in December on the following … Read more

Good causes supported by St John’s

Two hands forming the shape of a heart

Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets Churches in the community donate funds to create holiday baskets for those in need. Christmas Friends Pproviding Christmas gifts for local children, sponsored by ECW Roe-Jan Food Pantry Food and monetary donations to the Roe-Jan Food Pantry, the community food pantry for those in need. United Thank Offering Monetary donations to United Thank Offering, the Episcopal ministry which funds charities worldwide (sponsored by ECW). Episcopal Relief and Development A premiere relief and development organization, an international ministry of the Episcopal Church. WIC (Women, Infants & Children) … Read more

Video streaming from the church now available

An exhibition at the Roeliff Jansen Historical Society, “Revived in Wood: Greek and Gothic Revival Churches” will run July through October. On 15 August at 2 pm, Dale Peterson will talk on Richard Upjohn, renowned architect of St John in the Wilderness, followed by a tour of the exhibition. What have we missed during the pandemic? Adam Grant says it might be collective effervescence, that feeling of shared euphoria that we sometimes find in church. Emile Durkheim identified the experience in his pioneering study of religious life (1915). Jay Corcoran and Dale Peterson, with technical assistance from Jacob Rieper, have enabled video streaming from the church! Thanks … Read more

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